Why I Do Yoga – Turning I Can’t into I Can

I do yoga to remind myself that I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. I like to take on the more challenging poses to motivate myself, but I also choose to share them with you and give tips because I want you to feel encouraged.

If you haven’t already noticed, I am not the thinnest person. I don’t look like your typical yogi that you see all over social media and magazine covers. That is slowly changing though 🤗. I am a thicker black woman and that alone isn’t seen as much. I am in no way perfect at yoga. The way I look in poses may not look like the Google photos you search or even you, but it feels right in my body. I am still building and growing on this journey.

I say all of that to say, I hope it inspires you to try or consider trying. Maybe this will help plant the seed. Once you are able to get out of the mindset of “I can’t do that.”, “I don’t look like that.”, “I’m not strong enough.”, “I’m not flexible enough.”, you unleash a power inside yourself that you may have never experienced or forgot was there!

Maybe just seeing me in a pose will trigger positive self talk within yourself and you’ll say, “Oh if she can do it, I bet I can too.” That is my goal! To turn your I can’t into I CAN.

Yoga is 100% a journey. Everyone who does yoga had to start somewhere. They didn’t just wake up and start walking on their hands 😂. We all fall. We may need multiple steps and attempts to reach the goal, but eventually we get there. That is why it is called a yoga practice. We are all on this journey together. That is the beauty of it all. Attempting, falling, trying again, finding ways to improve, cheering yourself on, listening to your body, and accomplishing something that initially scared you or was pretty challenging. That is why I do yoga. That is why I teach and share it with you. So that on and off of your mat you tell yourself, “Yes, I can.”

So whether you can relate to me or you are all the things I am not, I hope you feel empowered to start exactly where you are. The hardest part is starting, but to be on a journey you must start. Don’t worry, I’m right here with you!

Namaste friends! 🙏🏾❤🧘🏾

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